There was little law or order, courts were few and far between, personal rights were maintained by personal courage. The arm of the man was stronger than the arm of the law. Andrew Jackson was 9 years old when the declaration of Independence was signed. The tide of war flowed through the country where his mother lived. Andrew, and his younger brother Robert [actually Robert was the younger of his two older brothers], were at home, when Tarleton [i.e., British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton] with his British horsemen, thundered up the Waxhaw Valley burning and plundering as he went. Hugh, the elder [Jackson's eldest] brother, was with the patriot forces, under Col[. William R.] Davie and fought gallantly at the battle of Stono [Ferry]. Young Andrew Jackson saw the tremendous devastation of war, the bitterness against the English, thus engendered in his youth[,] stuck with him during life, and made him an ardent sympathizer with every people struggling for freedom.
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